Matthew E. Gordley holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame in the area of Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity, an MDiv from Alliance Theological Seminary, and a BA from Wheaton College (IL). He also completed doctoral courses at Princeton Theological Seminary prior to matriculating at the University of Notre Dame.

Since 2015 he has been serving as the Dean of the College of Learning and Innovation and as an Associate Professor of Theology within the Humanities Department. Dr. Gordley teaches courses in biblical studies and related areas including a Contemplation and Action course within the Carlow Compass curriculum, “Parables of Jesus: Ancient Stories with Enduring Meaning.” His research centers on reading the New Testament in its original cultural and historical contexts and he has written extensively on early Jewish and Christian psalms and their place in the wider Greco-Roman world.

His work has been published in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of Jewish Studies, Journal of Ancient Judaism, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, and the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters. In addition to his first two books on psalms and hymns in the ancient world, his third book, New Testament Christological Hymns: Exploring Texts, Contexts, and Significance, is due out in 2018 with IVP Academic. Prior to joining Carlow University Dr. Gordley served as an associate dean, a department chair, and a faculty member at a sister CIC (Council of Independent Colleges) school in Virginia.

Research Interests

Dr. Gordley has taught in the area of biblical studies and has published books and articles on the place of psalms, hymns, and songs in early Judaism and early Christianity. He is especially interested in the ways in which the early Jews and Christians engaged with their Greco-Roman culture and shaped their own unique sense of identity within the social context and pressures of the Roman Empire. Here at Carlow he teaches within the Humanities Department of the College of Learning and Innovation.